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Daemon
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The Sonnet

A sonnet is a poem with 14 lines, invented in 13th-century Italy and perfected by Petrarch. The Italian sonnet is divided into an octave and a sestet. The octave states a problem, and the sestet gives its resolution, with a clear break between the two sections. When the sonnet reached England in the 16th century—chiefly through translations of Petrarch's works—poets changed its meter, rhyme scheme, and line grouping, creating the Elizabethan sonnet. What is the origin of the term "sonnet"? More...
LucOneOff
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The term derives from the italian word 'sonetto' which means little song or more little sound, actually it cames from the provencal word 'canso' which means little sound and it is the short form for 'son' wich is the melody or the sound.
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read all of shakespear sonnets
Dr WWWW
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:20:24 AM

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SONNET 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
NeuroticHellFem
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Sonnets or limericks? it's hard to choose a favourite. (I'll go for sonnets)
One of the things I do to challenge myself is to memorise poetry. I try to learn new ones regularly. Sonnets are a good 'cheat' choice: only 14 lines.


When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
Milica Boghunovich
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SONNET 17 (WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE)

Who will believe my verse in time to come,
If it were fill'd with your most high deserts?
Though yet Heaven knows it is but as a tomb
Which hides your life and shows not half your parts.
If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say, 'This poet lies,
Such heavenly touches ne'er touch'd earthly faces.'
So should my papers yellow'd with their age,
Be scorn'd like old men of less truth than tongue,
And your true rights be term'd a poet's rage
And stretched metre of an antique song:
But were some child of yours alive that time,
You should live twice,-- in it and in my rhyme.


Also interesting to peruse:
http://www.enotes.com/topics/shakespeare-sonnets
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:51:46 AM
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NeuroticHellFem wrote:
Sonnets or limericks? it's hard to choose a favourite. (I'll go for sonnets)
One of the things I do to challenge myself is to memorise poetry. I try to learn new ones regularly. Sonnets are a good 'cheat' choice: only 14 lines.


I dislike memorizing, but admire actors who do an insane amount of memorizing to bring the visual theatrical art into our hearts and souls through our eyes and ears.
Dr WWWW
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:02:33 PM

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I'm with NHF regarding sonnets v. limericks. Limericks do tend to take the low road, which, to me, is their great appeal. Isaac Asimov published several books of them.

Here's one:

"We refuse," said two men from Australia,
"Bestiality this saturnalia.
For now, we bethink us,
The ornithorhynchus
Is our down-under type of Mammalia."

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
excaelis
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 1:45:51 AM

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I adore WS, but this is the best :


Sonnet 19: When I consider how my light is spent

By John Milton


When I consider how my light is spent,

Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,

And that one Talent which is death to hide

Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present

My true account, lest he returning chide;

“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”

I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent

That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.”


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Fredric-frank Myers
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I have always been somewhat envious of the poet, writer and music makers; as my studio is about 1100 sq. feet, needed to make my art and I still need to move things for each new project...
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